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Open call for participants SDW2018

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SKOPJE DESIGN WEEK (SDW)
In 2018 the eight edition of SKOPJE DESIGN WEEK will take place from 21st till 25th November on various locations in Skopje. Bring the most recent achievements from production companies, individual designers and studios from the3 region and Europe.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: 15th SEPTEMBER, 2018



COMPETITION AND CRITERIA OF SELECTION
Organizers would appreciate the following products and prototypes for exhibition

- furniture
- lightening objects
- interior elements
- everyday objects
- home accessories
- stationary
- recycled materials
- fashion and sport garments
- tools devices and equipment
- packaging – graphic design (only as complement of a product)

The organizer would give priority to genuine and rational solutions in terms of products and prototypes that aim to improving people’s lives and work, have accent on the locally available materials and technologies, have balanced production costs, follow the criteria of environmentally friendly production processes, have recycling and economic packaging.


WHO?
Companies, individual designers, designs studios, informal groups, who want to exhibit their products and prototypes during SDW2018 exhibition.


DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION
Deadline for submission of the application and all accompanying files is 15th September, 2018 at 12:00h midnight by CET. All applications received after the proposed deadline will automatically be refused.
 

WHAT TO SEND AND HOW?
Each applicant is obliged to send the following:

- Application form SDW 2018 (download the application form)
- Images and technical drawings of the product/s or prototype that is/are subject to exhibition on SDW2018
- Portfolio of designer/ studio/ company.

All files must be sent by using www.wetransfer.com to contact@publicroom.org with subject SDW2017 application form. www.wetransfer.com sends automatic email once your files have been downloaded by the organizer. Additionally, the organizer sends a confirmation email once the files have been downloaded and checked.
If you haven’t received a confirmation email from the organizer that your files have been submitted successfully within 24 hours please resent your files one more time.
The organizers encourage all applicants not to wait till the last moment with the application and files submission. 


FEES
Each accepted exhibitor is granted 5m2 exhibition space for fees of 250 EUR ex. VAT.
Position for each exhibitor is defined by the organizer.


AWARDS
Participating on Skopje Design Week 2018 you are granted following:
• Skopje Design Week 2018 online and off line promotion (media, social networks, www, newsletters),
• Skopje Design Week 2018 full colour printed and online catalogue,
• Free entry to all SDW 2018 creative workshops and presentations.


ABOUT SKOPJE DESIGN WEEK
Skopje Design Week is a design oriented multidisciplinary platform that affirms the creative industries in the region and stimulate active role in creating better business, as well as social and political context for developing creative potential. The idea behind this international festival is to stimulate sustainable growth in design and innovation by creating a platform for experimenting, promotion, networking and horizontal and vertical cooperation.
The overall program of SDW is an ambitious mix of innovative disciplines, presenting the very recent achievements of product design, fashion, jewellery, music, gastronomy and business. Eye-catching and affordable design, high aesthetics in various forms produced by young and prominent designers, studios and companies from all around Europe.

Concept of the festival remains unchanged since 2011, meaning that besides the most recent regional design achievements each year the festival hosts one design power as a country in focus. Within this programme the organizers tend to introduce the global novelties in the region and stimulate exchange between that country. Country in focus in 2018 is Germany.  


OBJECT-IVITY
The theme of this year’s Skopje Design Week is Objectivity. In the context of design, objectivity is not viewed from an aesthetical or emotional point of view, but rather, through an object’s functionality. When an object is challenged based on its’ “look” or “feel”, it is subjected to an opinion that has disregarded logical reasoning, making the assessment redundant. Design offers practical solutions, not individual desires and aspirations, which in turn, creates a clear distinction from what is considered art or rather a fine arts.

In recent times, the shape of an object or a product has played a paramount role in the buyer’s decision. Seeing how fast people react in terms of decision-making when purchasing a product, the first impression one gets is that the choice is based on a product’s aesthetic, where the importance of functions is neglected, the materials overlooked and the other economical traits disregarded. To be sold, a product has to have an attractive shape in order to be put on a shelf – a misconception which Skopje Design Week 2018 will disrupt.

This year, we choose the objective over the subjective – creating a platform to demonstrate that a logic-based synthesis of decisions when choosing a product overrides any other considerations, which is in fact, the essence of design. 


EXPO VENUES
Public Room – Centre for Design and Innovation
LUX Lightning and Living  


INFO & INQUIRIES
contact@publicroom.org

ORGANIZER 
Public Room Skopje 
www.publicroom.org 

PARTNERS
Balkan Design Network
www.balkandesignnetwork.org
Mikser Association
www.mikser.rs